Facial Redness: Causes And Cures

by Gio

facial redness causes

Facial redness can be cute. A subtle blush when someone mentions your crush is adorable. That rosy hue on your cheeks after a brisk walk in the cold gives you a healthy glow.

But what if the facial redness never goes away? What if it’s not a healthy pin red, but a bright red that makes you look like a lobster day after day?

And then there are all the shades of red in between. A flaky red when you’ve spent too much time in the sun. A reddish pink when your skincare has irritated your skin badly.

If you want to make it go away, you’d better know what’s causing it. Here are all the main causes of facial redness + how to treat each one so your skin goes back to its natural, healthy hue:

Facial Redness Cause #1: Rosacea

Rosacea is a common condition (or a curse) that mainly affects the face. But, you can get it on your ears, chest, and neck, too. Flushing is the first symptom to appear. It’s followed by burning and stinging,  spots (papules and pustules), and visible blood vessels, too.

The Fix

I wish I had a miracle pill for you to swallow. The sad truth is, there isn’t a cure for rosacea, yet. But, there are a couple things you can do to keep it under control:

1. Avoid known triggers like:

  • spicy foods
  • alcohol and caffeine
  • hot drinks
  • stress
  • unprotected sun exposure
  • strenuous exercise

2. Use a prescription product like:

  • Finacea: contains azelaic acid, which helps reduce redness and bumps.
  • MetroCream: contains metranidazole, an antibiotic that can kill demodex folliculorum and other microorganisms that can play a role in the development of rosacea.
  • Mirvaso Gel: this can help treat chronic redness, but shouldn’t be taken if you have any problems with your circulatory system.

For more tips on how to treat rosacea + my fave OTC skincare products that will keep it in check, read my post on rosacea here.

Related: How To Treat Rosacea

Facial Redness Cause #2: Allergic Contact Dermatitis

When you touch something we’re allergic to, your body sounds the alarm, turning your skin bright red. It makes your face itch and swell, too.

The Fix

Avoid the trigger. If you don’t know what it is, go to the doctor and have patch tests done. You can’t avoid the enemy if you can’t even name it!

Related: Skin Allergy Or Irritation?

Facial Redness Cause #3: Over-Exfoliation

Exfoliation is one of the pillars of good skincare. It removes the dead cells on the surface of the skin, making it look smoother and brighter – instantly. But when you overdo it and remove ALL your dead cells, you’ll expose the raw skin underneath that wasn’t ready to come to the surface just yet. Ouch! Now your face is red. It hurts, too.

The Fix

Did you know that each skin type needs a different type and frequency of exfoliation? Check out this post to figure out the best exfoliant for you and how often to use it to get glowing skin – not facial redness!

Related: How To Choose The Best Exfoliator For Your Skin Type

Facial Redness Cause #4: Excessive Sun Exposure

We’ve all been there. The hot sun invited you out to play and you were having so much fun, you forgot to reapply your SPF. Or you fell asleep at the beach and forgot to top up your sunscreen. Now you look like a flaking lobster. 🙁

The Fix

  1. Use an aloe vera gel: aloe has hydrating, cooling, and anti-inflammatory properties that can soothe your sunburn.
  2. Wear sunscreen EVERY day: sunburns don’t happen just at the beach. UV rays can penetrate through clouds and even get reflected on snow. Don’t risk it!

Related: 4 Ways To Treat A Sunburn Naturally

What’s causing your facial redness and how are you dealing with it? Share your tips in the comments below.

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Citrine September 28, 2009 - 5:53 pm

lol at the picture you used…I think a lot of time my face is red (it’s more of a pinkish tone) is just because it’s pink to start with…

Vonvon September 29, 2009 - 1:35 am

Hi gio,

Another great post! Very informative.
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Tavia September 29, 2009 - 12:03 pm

About this facial redness, girls you can try the treatment from Academie ( I wrote all about it on my blog) against redness and it’s really good.
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beautifulwithbrains September 29, 2009 - 2:15 pm

Citrine: yeah, that’s probably it, sometimes there’s not really a reason why skin is red 🙂

Vonvon: thanks, I’m glad you find it useful 🙂

Tavia: thanks for the suggestion, it sounds great!

Carina August 3, 2010 - 9:43 pm

Great post! I know this is kinda gross, but could you write about skin infections in general; and specific cures to that ailment?

beautifulwithbrains August 4, 2010 - 8:16 am

Carina, of course I can. 🙂 Is there anything specific you want me to start with?


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